Monte Alban, capital of ancient Zapotec Civilization. Archaeological site at Oaxaca, Mexico

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Monte Alban is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site in the Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan Municipality in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, located only approximately 9 km from the capital, Oaxaca city.

Besides being one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, Monte Alban was the pre-eminent Zapotec sociopolitical and economic center for close to a thousand years.

Monte Alban was founded toward the 500 BC and situated atop an artificially leveled ridge, with an elevation of 1,940 m, in an easily defensible site. The city had lost its political pre-eminence by the end of the called Late Classic period (AD 500-750) and soon thereafter was largely abandoned.

You can read more about Monte Alban at Wikipedia at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Alb%C3%A1n

You can read about Zapotec Ancient Civilization at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapotec_civilization

Monte Alban is also a world heritage site at Unesco. Know more at:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/415

 

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Grand Plaza

Juego de Pelota

North Platform

Stele 9

Building IV and Stele 18

South Platform

Defensive Wall at South Platform Base

Building II

Building P – Altar – Building H

Building J

System M

Danzantes Building and Gallery

Sunken Patio

Other Buildings

Tomb 118

Monte Alban Museum – Oaxaca – Mexico

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Photos and text by Marcelo Ozorio

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